More Pennsylvania counties poised to enter 'green' phase

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is reporting 51 additional deaths and another 467 infections from the coronavirus. State health officials said Thursday there have been 6,113 deaths since the pandemic began, and more than 77,000 people have contracted the virus. Pennsylvania is reopening in phases under a plan designed to relax restrictions in places where the outbreak is less severe. A dozen more counties are poised to enter the least-restrictive phase on Friday. State lawmakers passed a resolution this week to end the business shutdown entirely. Senate Republicans are asking a state court to enforce it. Gov. Tom Wolf is expected more counties that will move from the yellow to green phase later today. Wayne and Wyoming counties in NEPA go green today. We'll find out this afternoon in others in the region will as well. Here's one part of criteria the state takes into consideration when it comes to moving a county from yellow to green:

  • Stable, decreasing, or low confirmed case count over the last two weeks compared to the two previous weeks;
  • How contacts of confirmed cases are being modeled;
  • Having 10 percent or less of the patients tested come back as positive over a 14-day period
  • Hospital beds being no more than 90 percent full

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